Saturday, February 18, 2006

Abject Cowardice and Downright Lies

Below we have the BBC`s version of the main events in the Cartoon scandal. Frankly I didn’t want to post on this subject as it has dragged for 6 months or so now, but having read this report by the beeb I could not resist. Notice the total lack of any mention of the `protests` in Britain, or the fact that when the cartoons were republished in Egypt on the 17th October there was absolutely NO REACTION AT ALL. There is no mention of the publishers that have been forced from their jobs, or even the death threats issued against the artists, or even the million rupee and car! Reward that has been offered for anyone that KILLS the publisher. The BBC is shamelessly trying to portray the Islamite’s as the helpless victims the references to the people killed in the protests by government troops `suppressing` the RIOTS is particularly telling. The implication being that we in the west and our allies are operating some kind of apartheid regime. No mention is made of any of the cartoons being published in the Muslim world, even though two publications in Jordan used several of the cartoons, both of the publishers in concern were arrested and then released without charge within two days. The situation has been inflamed by extremists using pictures that have nothing to do with the original cartoons, one of which was apparently actually a wire service photograph from a French pig squealing contest. (Whatever one of those is.) All this scandal has served to highlight for me is the ridiculous level of complicity and total lack of any form of backbone from our governments and media services.
The fact that the BBC has so obviously skirted all of the blatant violations of our laws or any decent moral code for that matter shows the level to which our media has sunk. Why is it that publishing a few drawings, none of which drew any attention from the Muslim world when they were first printed draws such levels of criticism when threatening to murder someone draws no coverage at all? This can also be seen from the reaction of the Italian government to their minister Roberto Calderoli, who had worn a T-shirt displaying the drawings. Their response? "Mr Berlusconi said he had contacted Umberto Bossi, leader of the Northern League, and both had agreed that Mr Calderoli should step down." Why should he? We have a right to expect our media (especially as we fund it) to provide us with an unbiased review of the world today, but they don’t. We have the right to expect our governments to protect our freedom and personal liberties but don’t expect too much if you are irritating the Islamite’s.
With this article the BBC has truly gone beyond the realms of misrepresentation and firmly into the camp of Islamite propaganda.

30 Sept 2005: Danish paper publishes cartoons
20 Oct: Muslim ambassadors complain to Danish PM
10 Jan 2006: Norwegian publication reprints cartoons
26 Jan: Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador
31 Jan: Danish paper apologises
1 Feb: Papers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain reprint cartoons
4-5 Feb: Danish embassies in Damascus and Beirut attacked
6-12 Feb: Twelve killed in Afghanistan as security forces try to suppress protests
13-17 Feb: Violent protests break out across Pakistan
17 Feb: Ten killed in Libya as protestors target the Italian consulate in Benghazi


Anonymous alison said...

No mention of this on the bbc either, check out the image:

1:08 PM  

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